Opportunities

These are STEM or Space related opportunities that are currently available to residents of Colorado. Please see linked web pages for additional information. Not everyone will qualify for these opportunities. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations offering these opportunities and inclusion here is not an endorsement of any company or organization.


2017


Opportunity: Cassini Scientist For a Day 2016-17
Deadline: February 24, 2017

Description: The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay. The contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards.


Opportunity: Adams State Summer High School Robotics Apprenticeship
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Description: For the second year, Adams State University will offer the summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, funded by a grant from the Army Research Office. The eight-week apprenticeship program will be held during June and July, 2017. Apprentices will earn $10 per hour for 25 hours per week, as well as one credit hour for the experience from Adams State University.


Opportunity: NASA SBIR/STTR Request for Information
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Description: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Office is seeking to engage industry and small businesses to better build awareness, gain insights, and obtain feedback to help shape the Program Year (PY) 2018 NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation and identify potential programmatic improvements. NASA’s SBIR/STTR program has been actively working to increase engagement with industry over the last year. This RFI reflects that effort to increase communication and receive feedback.


Opportunity: Comedy For Climate Change
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has power to effectively connect people, information, ideas and new ways of thinking and acting. Seeking to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful videos to meet people where they are and open them up to new and creative engagement, CU Boulder’s Inside the Greenhouse project has initiated a short-video competition. The winning entry will receive a cash prize and be shown during the upcoming Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy night on March 17 on the CU Boulder campus. The event will feature a range of comedic approaches, including stand-up comedy, sketch and situational comedy, and improv. Successful entries will have found the funny while relating to climate change issues. Pieces that deal with issues related to the American West will be especially well received. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee composed of CU Boulder students, faculty and graduate students. Videos must be no longer than three minutes in length. The primary audience will be university students and Boulder community members (no age restrictions).


Opportunity: NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: The NASA Astrobiology Program element of the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the NASA Astrobiology Program.


Opportunity: Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Proof of Concept grants are open to Colorado research universities, federal labs located in Colorado, and other labs with valid technology transfer offices. These grants are for pre-commercialization research and commercialization preparation. Grants up to $150,000 will be awarded. Early Stage Capital and Retention grants fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. Grants up to $250,000 will be awarded.


Opportunity: LGS Innovations Offers $5K STEM Scholarships
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: LGS Innovations is making available $5,000 scholarships to college juniors, seniors, or graduate-level students who will be enrolled full-time in an ABET-accredited STEM program in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics during the 2017-2018 school year. In order to qualify, applicants must also have a 3.5 (or above) grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent.


Opportunity: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (CELERE)
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: This design challenge enables students to do microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station. Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design with a provided template and submit short proposals presenting the experiments. Portland State University then manufactures test cells using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. To facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, scouts, etc., teams may include younger students as long as at least one team member is in grades 8-12. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools (www.dodea.edu), including those outside the U.S., are also eligible to participate.


Opportunity: 2017 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to a place to work for a few months and go home. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for students in grades 7-12 throughout the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. A certificate will be sent to each participant.


Opportunity: RockSat-XN
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Description: RockSat-XN is a new partnership between NASA and the Andoya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. RockSat-XN will give students access to space from a launch site in Norway. The internationally organized Grand Challenge Initiative is composed of seven rockets that will launch in December 2018 and January 2019 to conduct research on cusp space physics. One of these rockets is the G-CHASER student rocket, which will be flown as part of a new RockSat program called RockSat-XN (RockSat-X Norway). The G-CHASER rocket will launch in early January 2019 from Andoya Space Center in Norway.


Opportunity: Space Technology Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Description: NASA is seeking partnerships with U.S. companies focused on industry-developed space technologies that can advance the commercial space sector and benefit future NASA missions. NASA centers will partner with the companies that are awarded projects under the ACO to provide technical expertise and test facilities as well as hardware and software to aid in maturing technologies that can enable or enhance space systems and closely related subsystems.


Opportunity: Science on a Sphere Student Contest
Deadline: March 17, 2017

Description: Is there a story you’ve heard about how Earth is changing that you can tell using maps and images? Where do major weather events (like hurricanes and tornadoes) occur and why? What are the “hot spots” of activity in the ocean and what animals are found there? These are just a few examples of the many stories you could choose to tell about our dynamic planet using Science On a Sphere. We invite you to create new maps, visualizations, and stories that help share NOAA’s mission in creative and innovative ways. Winners will receive a $250 gift certificate to be used on educational products, a certificate from NOAA, and have their work featured at the 2017 SOS Users Collaborative Network workshop as well as in our online catalog of content that is available to our worldwide user community. Submissions must be created by K-12 or college students in the U.S. who are currently enrolled in an education institution or are homeschooled. Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams of up to 4. Submissions do not have to be part of a school project or assignment.


Opportunity: Human Frontier Space Program (HFSP) Young Investigator and Program Grants
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Description: The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), which supports international collaborations in basic life science research, is inviting applications from researchers with an innovative approach to understanding the complex mechanisms of living organisms. HFSP offers two types of grants: Program and Young Investigator. Program grants are designed for independent scientists at any stage of their careers, while Young Investigator grants are intended for teams of scientists who are all within five years of establishing an independent laboratory and within ten years of obtaining their PhDs. Both types of grants provide support over three years for two- to four-member teams. Unless critical for the innovative nature of the project, no more than one member of a team can be from any one country. Applicants are expected to develop novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research.


Opportunity: NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2017
Deadline: March 26, 2017

Description: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. Students participating in the 2017 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at the APL facility in Laurel, Maryland. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be provided. Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through Ph.D. students as of fall 2017. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Opportunity: ROSES 2016 Fellowships for Early Career Researchers
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Description: This ROSES NRA (NNH16ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). ROSES is an omnibus NRA, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. All together these cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by SMD. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of specialized science experimental hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals, depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intraagency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is three years, but some programs may allow up to five years and others specify shorter periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.


Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
Deadline: April 15, 2017

Description: The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations — individually or working in concert — to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS seeks proposals from schools and organizations that can draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Each FM-voice contact lasts about 10 minutes — the length of a typical overhead ISS pass from horizon to horizon.


Opportunity: Genes in Space Competition
Deadline: April 21, 2017

Description: The competition challenges U.S. students in grades seven through twelve to design DNA analysis experiments that address a challenge or opportunity of space travel. Student proposals use the International Space Station (ISS) as a testbed for deep space exploration. The competition is sponsored by miniPCR, Math for America (MƒA), Boeing, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and New England Biolabs®, Inc. (NEB®). The winning experiment will be conducted on the ISS. Students can submit their proposals as individuals or in groups of up to four


Opportunity: Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships for Early Career Researchers
Deadline: April 28, 2017

Description: The goals of the ROSES-16 solicited Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship (RTF) program in Astrophysics are to provide early-career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instrument development projects, including suborbital investigations, in preparation to become Principal Investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies for space astrophysics that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions. NASA is committed to supporting deserving early career researchers by selecting one or more Roman Technology Fellows every year.


Opportunity: RockOn! 2017
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Description: RockOn, conducted in partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, runs June 17 – 22 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The workshop introduces students to building an experiment for suborbital spaceflight, including the processes of programming, component layout and electrical interfacing. The workshop concludes with the launch of the student-developed experiments on a sounding rocket.


Opportunity: ‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Deadline: July 31, 2017

Description: NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition. Films featuring NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail: the same hallmarks of spaceflight. Works submitted to CineSpace will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off Earth.


Opportunity: NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.


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